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PIP making life difficult - Carers UK Forum

PIP making life difficult

All about money
So I sent a mandatory reconsideration notice and loads of evidence from the doctors and everything. Got the results back today from DWP with absolutely no acknowledgement of the evidence provided and a reworded statement that's just like the first one. Going to have to take this to tribunal through Citizens advice bureau when the weather and timing allows. Any advice on how to cope? PIP is for my wife, whom I care for 24 hours a day. When I saw the letter today I was not just gutted, but just so angry. I feel like I let her down because what I sent wasn't good enough for DWP. But I tried everything. They won't even acknowledge her COPD by saying in the letter that she used her inhaler twice but wasn't breathless. Honestly, I've never wanted to just scream into the wind so much in my life. Does anyone have any advice on how to deal with this and any advice for the tribunal?
There are time limits so check them out.

Involve your local MP they have direct lines of communications.

https://www.parliament.uk/get-involved/contact-your-mp/
I don't have personal experience of this, but from what I've read many times on here it seems to be the current policy of the DWP to deny anyone anything that is so obviously due for as long as possible.

In the majority of cases they eventually cave in.

I can only assume that in the short term it makes their figure look better. It's despicable, and high time it was stopped.

The whole idea of government being led by statistics is wrong, it's done nothing good for schools or the health service or the benefits system.
Ayjay wrote:
Sun Feb 09, 2020 10:43 am
I don't have personal experience of this, but from what I've read many times on here it seems to be the current policy of the DWP to deny anyone anything that is so obviously due for as long as possible.

In the majority of cases they eventually cave in.

I can only assume that in the short term it makes their figure look better. It's despicable, and high time it was stopped.

The whole idea of government being led by statistics is wrong, it's done nothing good for schools or the health service or the benefits system.
I agree. It seems surreal when you find yourself in the same situation that you see reported from the media with other people having the same problem. I just can't get my head around the audacity of it all. Her condition has actually gotten worse, but now I've lost my carers allowance and she's had her benefits cut. I can only afford the absolute basics. I can't even buy myself or her any clothes for winter, and a lot of our clothes have holes in them from so much wear. No washing machine so I'm hand washing things. Can't keep the heating on because the electric is too expensive now. And most of the time I'm scraping by to make sure we have enough money for a bus ride if anything goes wrong or she needs the doctor. I'm disgusted. And totally off topic but my dog is the friendliest boy ever. But when the assessor came in I had to lock him in another room because he growled at the assessor and he was trying to stop her going near my wife. I've never seen him do that before. He's literally never ever done that with any visitors ever. That gave me a bad feeling from the get go. I guess my dog was right. Lol
sunnydisposition wrote:
Sun Feb 09, 2020 9:59 am
There are time limits so check them out.

Involve your local MP they have direct lines of communications.

https://www.parliament.uk/get-involved/contact-your-mp/
I've never spoken with an MP before. It's an intimidating thought. How does one go about contacting an MP?
Just Google "contact my mp". It is so easy online!
bowlingbun wrote:
Mon Feb 10, 2020 12:17 am
Just Google "contact my mp". It is so easy online!
Okay, thank you so much. I've never done this before so thanks.
Shaun_200112 wrote:
Mon Feb 10, 2020 12:05 am

And totally off topic but my dog is the friendliest boy ever. But when the assessor came in I had to lock him in another room because he growled at the assessor and he was trying to stop her going near my wife. I've never seen him do that before.
Dogs have incredible senses that we can only wonder at. We had a Boxer from about '73 to '85, very friendly, very rarely barked and usually only with frustration when he couldn't catch whippets!

I was in a pub once with him when a small group of people walked in, there was one person in this group that he took exception to and growled at, (it was more of a rumble than a growl, cos that's what he did) after a couple of minutes it was clear that this person had a speech impediment and the dog had picked that up instantly (without a word being spoken), he repeated the same feat some years later, different place, different person. How the hell can a dog see a speech impediment?

The same dog was about 10 years old when our son was born, he had no experience of human babies as there were none in our family at the time. One day, baby only a couple of weeks old, my wife came home with him in the pram and left baby and dog by the side gate of the house while she opened the front door and went through to the back to take baby and dog in through the side gate. Our neighbours wife, who the dog had known for at least three years was cowering by her own side gate with dog standing in front of her growling - he wouldn't let her anywhere near the pram.
Shaun_200112 wrote:
Mon Feb 10, 2020 12:06 am
sunnydisposition wrote:
Sun Feb 09, 2020 9:59 am
There are time limits so check them out.

Involve your local MP they have direct lines of communications.

https://www.parliament.uk/get-involved/contact-your-mp/
I've never spoken with an MP before. It's an intimidating thought. How does one go about contacting an MP?
The link is above.
Ayjay wrote:
Mon Feb 10, 2020 8:04 am
Shaun_200112 wrote:
Mon Feb 10, 2020 12:05 am

And totally off topic but my dog is the friendliest boy ever. But when the assessor came in I had to lock him in another room because he growled at the assessor and he was trying to stop her going near my wife. I've never seen him do that before.
Dogs have incredible senses that we can only wonder at. We had a Boxer from about '73 to '85, very friendly, very rarely barked and usually only with frustration when he couldn't catch whippets!

I was in a pub once with him when a small group of people walked in, there was one person in this group that he took exception to and growled at, (it was more of a rumble than a growl, cos that's what he did) after a couple of minutes it was clear that this person had a speech impediment and the dog had picked that up instantly (without a word being spoken), he repeated the same feat some years later, different place, different person. How the hell can a dog see a speech impediment?

The same dog was about 10 years old when our son was born, he had no experience of human babies as there were none in our family at the time. One day, baby only a couple of weeks old, my wife came home with him in the pram and left baby and dog by the side gate of the house while she opened the front door and went through to the back to take baby and dog in through the side gate. Our neighbours wife, who the dog had known for at least three years was cowering by her own side gate with dog standing in front of her growling - he wouldn't let her anywhere near the pram.
I think that's awesome! The dog protecting your baby. I bet the boxer was a right softy around the baby too. That's really cool!
It's weird how in tune they are with things. My other older and smaller Staffy was coming for a walk one day with me at night. I went through this small public garden full of trees and it was really dark. I'd lived there for ages and its a low crime area so I wasn't worried about anything sinister. It's like a village kind of place. Anyway, long story short, I have never heard my Staffy make a noise like it before or since. He'd bared his teeth and just did this thunder type growl in the dark at something. Turns out a drunken man was hiding in the bushes nearby and my dog saw him as a threat. He just bolted. Was probably taking a nap but my dog scared him so much he just ran.
So I think they know. If dogs take a dislike to someone that much, I instantly don't trust them either.